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Public Volunteers Contribute to ABP Mission

Rutledge Hutson is a child advocate and a mom. She also volunteers as one of two public (non-physician) members* of the 15-member ABP Board of Directors.

“It’s important that the Board has people who are not physicians to bring a different perspective to decisions,” she says.

Public members represent parents and other members of the public who rely on certification as a way of knowing that a pediatrician has completed an accredited pediatric training program and continues to stay up to date on the latest medical knowledge and best practices.

Professional Services: The ABP ‘Dream Team’

Calling them meeting planners is like calling Julia Child a cook. Technically, yes, they plan every detail to ensure that the purpose and goals of meetings are met, but they do so much more and do it with flair! For example, overseeing the interactions and relations with the ABP volunteers and other certified pediatricians and organizations also is on their bill of fare.

ABP Names Dr. Gary Frank 2019 Paul V. Miles Fellow

Gary Frank, MD, MS, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, has been selected by the ABP to receive the 2019 Paul V. Miles (PVM) Fellowship Award. The award is given annually to an accomplished mid-career pediatrician dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare for children. Later this year, as part of the fellowship, Dr. Frank will visit the ABP offices and give grand rounds at the University of North Carolina and Duke University medical schools to discuss his work in quality and patient safety.

Your Comments Needed on Continued Certification Draft Report

The Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission has posted a draft report and is inviting the public and other stakeholders to comment. 

The purpose of the Commission’s work “was to imagine continuing certification programs as having value for diplomates, the profession and the public.”

ABP Details Development of New Assessment Option in Pediatrics

The waiting room. A desk in an office. A comfortable chair at home.  These aren’t places that physicians normally associate with taking a high-stakes certification exam. But for pediatricians certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), that will soon change.

ABP Calls for Paul V. Miles Fellowship Nominations

The American Board of Pediatrics established the Paul V. Miles Fellowship to honor Dr. Miles’ years of service as Senior Vice President for Maintenance of Certification and Quality Improvement. This fellowship is awarded annually to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in improving the quality of care for children. The fellowship carries a cash award and an invitation to the American Board of Pediatrics in Chapel Hill to share knowledge that will inform our work in our mission to improve child health.

MOC Part 4 Section of Website Revamped for Easier Use

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has given the Quality Improvement (MOC Part 4) section of its website a face-lift to make it easier for board-certified pediatricians to explore the many ways to complete their MOC Part 4 requirements. For pediatricians with MOC cycles ending in 2018, the renewal is especially timely.

Dr. Fred G. Smith, Jr., 1928-2018

Fred G. Smith, Jr., MD, former Vice President of Special Programs at the American Board of Pediatrics, died September 1, 2018, in Durham N.C. He was 90.

Pediatric Portfolio Sponsors Meet to Learn About Quality Improvement

Nearly 50 representatives from Pediatric Portfolio Sponsor organizations across the country met in Durham, North Carolina, this summer to learn and share best practices with their peers. Pediatric Portfolio Sponsors are authorized by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) to evaluate local and institutional QI projects against the ABP’s standards and then approve QI projects for MOC credit.

Mann named ABP’s Vice President, Continuing Certification

Keith J. Mann, MD, M.Ed, will become Vice President of Continuing Certification at the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), effective Jan. 1, 2019, the ABP has announced. He is ABP certified in general pediatrics and is meeting the requirements of maintenance of certification.

Dr. Mann will succeed Virginia Moyer, MD, MPH, who will retire on Dec. 31, 2018. He may begin transitioning into his responsibilities in the fall of 2018.